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  AC Shelby Cobra 427 Competition
 

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Built in:Los Angeles, United States
Produced in:1965
Numbers built:19
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:January 08, 2016
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Chassis: CSX3006
One of the first Cobra 427s, this example was bought new by privateer racer William G. Freeman, who used the car only twice before moving to France. He tried to sell the car in vain and in the end brought it with him. Late in 1965, it was sold to an Air Force Captain, who was stationed in France. In the Spring of 1966, the Cobra passed into the stable of the Chequered Flag racing team in London England. They converted the car to right hand drive and re-painted it Wimbledon white with a black engine cover.

In this guise, chassis CSX3006 was extensively raced all around the British isles. The highlight of its racing career came at the Ilford 500 at Brands Hatch in May of 1966. Piloted by Bob Bondurant and David Piper, and in torrential conditions, the menacing Cobra took the outright win ahead of a flock of GT40s and E-Types. Following its contemporary racing career, it stayed in England for another decade before returning home to the United States.

While in America, the car was returned to left hand drive and painted in the Shelby team colours of guardsman blue with two white stripes. In the early 2000s, Brands Hatch winning Cobra was subjected to a ground-up restoration. The owner decided to return the car to its 1966 condition, so the steering wheel was moved once more and the white with black livery was re-applied. It subsequently passed to a British custodian, before it was acquired by an American collector. The car came full circle as the current owner, like William G. Freeman, hails from Muncie, Indiana.


Chassis details
Manufactured in 1965
First owner William G. Freeman
Last known location American Private Collection
Appearances

2015 Goodwood Revival 2015 Goodwood Revival 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este
2014 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2014 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2014 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2014 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este
2014 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2014 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2014 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2014 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este
2014 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed
2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012 Goodwood Preview
2012 Goodwood Preview 2012 Goodwood Preview 2012 Goodwood Preview 2012 Goodwood Preview
2012 Goodwood Preview

  Article Image gallery (66) Chassis (4) CSX3006 Specifications